What Nobody Tells You About Abortion

October 7, 2016  |  
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Twenty-one percent of all U.S. pregnancies (miscarriages excluded) end in abortion, says Abort73.com. Unmarried women make up over three-quarters of those procedures, and a large portion of those did not live with a romantic partner, either. Nearly half of women who get abortions have never had a child before. For all of these women, the procedure must have been terrifying–regardless of their reasons for getting it. Hopefully, they had friends and family to support them, and someone who could help them prepare for the procedure itself, and what to expect after. But the truth is, many of them probably had it done in secrecy and knew little about what they were getting into. Because of the very private nature of abortion, many women don’t have nearly all of the information they should have before getting one. So here are things nobody tells you about getting an abortion.

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It doesn’t make you unmaternal

More than half of the women in the United States who get abortions already have a child. So the notion that only women who don’t love children or don’t have maternal instincts get abortions is absurd.
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Insurance matters

Ten states have banned insurance coverage of abortions; another 21 restrict coverage.

 

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Early costs

The average cost of an abortion done at ten weeks is $451. In thirty-two states, medical assistance is not available to women seeking the procedure.
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Late costs

Abortions performed at 20 weeks gestation can cost up to $1,500–a devastating amount for those working for minimum wage in this country.
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Unnecessary late costs

Thirty-six percent of women who have second-trimester abortions but wanted to have first-trimester ones had to delay the procedure until they could raise the money for it.

 

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Most women won’t tell you

If you think you’re alone in your network of friends, family, and acquaintances, you’re not. Most women keep their abortions a secret. How many? Well, based on the nature of secrecy, it’s hard to know. But you can find millions of anonymous blog entries from women who’ve had one but won’t disclose their names.
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It’s not just teens

Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s only irresponsible teenagers who don’t have access to the pill or are too shy to buy condoms who need to get abortions. Adolescents under the age of 15 barely make up one percent of abortions. So yes–plenty of mature, adult women find themselves in need of one, too.

 

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But, we can reduce that number

More adolescent women have second-trimester abortions than adult women, and that’s simply because they find out about their pregnancy much later. The United States actually has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world.
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And it’s not just irresponsible people

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that many unwanted pregnancies happen even though the woman used contraception. So it’s not just women who missed a pill or avoided condoms who need abortions.
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In fact, most are quite responsible

Over half of the women who get abortions used a contraceptive during the month they became pregnant, and only eight percent have never used one.
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Surgery isn’t everything

Medical abortions–or those induced by pharmaceutical drugs–make up nearly a quarter of non-hospital abortions. So keep in mind, when reading statistics about abortions, that not all of those required an invasive surgery.
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It’s normal to feel negative

If you know abortion is the right choice for you, but you also have several negative emotions–like fear, guilt, and confusion–that doesn’t mean you aren’t making the right choice. In fact, one study found that 80 percent of women who have negative feelings about their abortion still also feel they made the right choice.

 

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The most common emotion…

Ninety percent of women in the previously mentioned study reported feeling relieved after getting their abortion. If you’ve done your research, and put real time into considering your decision, you should know that most women do not feel a sense of regret after getting the procedure.
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You may have to have an ultrasound

Some states require women go through counseling and even receive an ultrasound before getting their abortion. This can be quite alarming, and something that many pro-choice advocates say aims to make women second-guess their decision.
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Or wait 72 hours

Depending on the state in which you live, you may have to wait a mandatory 72 hours to procure your procedure.

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